Churchill holds off Clarksburg, 2-1, runs win streak to 10

In previous field hockey seasons, Churchill Coach Cay Miller would allow her penchant for superstition to bleed into everyday life. Mundane choices made on days of victories would lead to habits. She would eat the same breakfast. She would don the same green polo or throw on the same pair of socks. She has toned it down this season to “make myself less crazy,” but she hasn’t let go of one thing: She doesn’t want to hear the word “undefeated.” It’s becoming harder to avoid, given that Churchill’s winning streak grew to 10 with two games remaining in the season after Thursday’s 2-1 win at Clarksburg on the Coyotes’ senior night. “I hear people every now and then say that word that shall remain nameless, ” Miller…

Goodbye, Caio Junior! Dubai: For the past two seasons, covering matches involving Al Shabab were more of a joy due to the presence of a certain Luiz Carlos Saroli — or just Caio Junior. The news of him being on the ill-fated flight, which wiped out the entire Chapecoense football team in the crash, was hence a shattering one. The chartered aircraft, which was flying from Brazil via Bolivia, crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Footballing circles in the UAE responded in shock after hearing the tragic demise of the former Al Shabab and Al Jazira coach. News reports indicated that all but five of the 81 passengers had died. Of these, three were supposed to be Chapecoense players. As news trickled in that Caio...

Carmelo Anthony has 31 points, Knicks beat Hawks Carmelo Anthony matched his season high with 31 points and the Knicks beat Atlanta 104-94 in in New York on Sunday for their fourth straight home victory. Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds, but point guard Dennis Schroder missed all eight shots as the Hawks dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak. Howard bounced back nicely after he was ejected for a flagrant foul Friday in the Hawks’ 100-96 loss in Charlotte. Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 17. New York played without starting center Joakim Noah because of illness. Guards Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each had 14 points, and Kyle O’Quinn, who replaced Noah, had eight points and eight rebounds. With Noah ill, rookie Marshall Plumlee had ...

Confusion, fear and joy from asylum seekers over government's US resettlement plan There is a fear and confusion among asylum seekers on Nauru - as well as joy for some - as they struggle to assess the impact on their fractured lives of Sunday's announcement of a resettlement deal with the United States. Pamela Curr, until recently the convener of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, told Fairfax Media she was being inundated with calls from the offshore processing centres in response to the government's announcement. Some asylum seekers were "overjoyed that at last they may see freedom coming their way". But others were fearful and confused, with many questions left hanging for those whose families were split between mainland Australia and Nauru.  "Those families that are split, where they have some members on Nauru and some here, are in terror because ...

Jaguars' defense has been bright spot in dark season JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bright spot in the franchise’s darkest season. Coach Gus Bradley’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in yards allowed and has been at its best the last five weeks. The unit has surrendered 258 yards a game over the last five weeks and given the Jaguars (2-10) a chance to win each time out. “We’re becoming the defense that we’re supposed to be,” defensive tackle Malik Jackson said Wednesday. It clearly hasn’t been enough since Jacksonville has lost seven in a row heading into Sunday’s game against Minnesota (6-6), which has dropped six of seven . But it’s surely something for owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell to consider when they start making moves at the...

NFL games with most on the line in Week 14 The NFL season is in the home stretch, but the playoff picture is already starting to come into focus. The Dallas Cowboys already locked up a playoff spot after beating the New York Giants on Sunday night. The Detroit Lions showed why their defense makes them a real postseason threat. And the New England Patriots continue to win despite losing Rob Gronkowski for the season. But not everyone knows their playoff fate. Here are the games that can produce the biggest swing in playoff probabilities in Week 14 and how the postseason seedings project. Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts The Colts are coming off a huge 41-10 victory over the New York Jets and need to keep the momentum going in this week’s AFC South matchup against the division...

Coach Mike Zimmer will be back on the Vikings' sideline for Jaguars game Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer had surgery to repair a detached retina last week and missed Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After the news broke shortly before last week’s game, some wondered if Zimmer would be back for the Vikings’ following game, Dec. 11 in Jacksonville. Recovery from such surgery can be a trying process: Travel is usually discouraged, especially in airplanes, and rest is recommended after the first week after the surgery. Nevertheless, the Vikings announced Monday morning that Zimmer will be back for the Jaguars game in Florida, though they don’t say how he’ll get there. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the team has a plan in place to drive their coach to the game should doctors recommend that he not fly (though team...

Blues top Canadiens in OT Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, giving the Blues a 3-2 win over Montreal in overtime Tuesday. Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit and have at least a point in their past 13 home games. Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron scored for Montreal, which completed a five-game trip 2-3. Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-3. Schwartz lifted a backhander past goalie Al Montoya with 1:22 left in overtime. Devils 3, Canucks 2: Taylor Hall scored a goal, set up a go-ahead tally by Kyle Palmieri and delivered a crushing check that knocked Vancouver defenseman Philip Larsen out of the game to lift New Jersey. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy also scored and Cory ...